Holland - Slovakia 47-55 Slovak Republic edged Netherlands in Sofia in the last game for the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B in U20 European Championship. The winning side finished second in Group G with 3-1 record, while Netherlands are third with 2-2 record. Netherlands won the first period 13-10 and Ivan Filipan (193-G/F-92) nailed three for 16:12. Slovak Republic however needed to keep the opponents scoreless for the last 4 minutes in the second frame and grabbed 23:21 lead at the halftime. Slovak Republic added 13-11 in the third quarter and Jan Brutovsky (188-G-93) brought 36:32. Another 19-15 in the last quarter brought the final victory for Slovakia. Moravek top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Dedecek added 13. Jan Brutovsky delivered 11 and Luley notched 7. Joel Brandt (195-F-92) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Ivan Filipan had 7.
Austria - FYR Macedonia 77-85 OT Austria wins Group G although falls to F.Y.R. of Macedonia at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B of the U20 European Championship. F.Y.R. of Macedonia won over the group leader 85:77 for 2-2 record to finish fourth. Austria meanwhile is on top with 3-1 record. F.Y.R. of Macedonia won the opening tip 21-17 and added 18-17 in the second frame. Austria needed a 18-14 in the third period and finished the fourth quarter with 19-18 as Friedrich tied the game at 71:71. F.Y.R. of Macedonia produced a 14-6 surge in overtime to seal the victory. Goran Markovski (195-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 31 points and 17 rebounds, while Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) posted 18. Ivanovikj delivered 15 and Dinevski ended up with 7 points. Hopfgartner erupted with 26 points and 13 rebounds in defeat and Filip Kramer (200-SF-92) had massive 19 points and 19 caroms. Friedrich notched 12, whilst Albert Ngoy (180-PG-93) chipped in with 9.
Hungary - Denmark 55-77 Denmark keep Hungary winless in Group H of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The Danish side meanwhile improved to 3-1 record after 77:55 victory. Hungary finished on the bottom of the group with 0-4 record. Denmark was the favorite of the game and started with 20:14 lead. Hungary did not give and Somenek tied the game at 30:30 midway through the second period. Bodor even gave the lead for Hungary, but Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) brought 34:32 from the free throw line. The third quarter belonged to the winning team that needed a 24-12 surge to win the game. They added 19-10 in the last stanza to seal the win. Philip Hertz top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Dossing netted 18. Dennis Levene (201-F-92) and Eleraky followed them with 11 points each. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) delivered 20 points in defeat and Krisztian Tursics (185-G-92) scored 8.
Portugal - Switzerland 42-52 Portugal wins Group H despite the loss from the Switzerland at the Classification Round for 9th to 18th Place in Division B of the U20 European Championship. The latter won 52:42 and finished fourth with 2-2 record. Switzerland won the opening tip 4-0 and Brian Savoy (192-SG-92) later brought 11:3. Bozovic delivered two for 15:8 and Jeremy Landenbergue (182-PG-93) nailed three for 24:12. Switzerland added 19-15 in the second frame and led 30:19 at the halftime. Brian Savoy made another three free throws later in the third quarter for 35:26, while Cardoso closed the frame at 40:34. Portugal could not score for the first 7 minutes in the last stanza and allowed the opponents to take 43:34 advantage. Evrard Atcho (207-C/F-92) and Ventura scored the last points for their teams for the final result. Brian Savoy paced all the winners with 16 points, while Evrard Atcho collected 13 points and 14 rebounds. Marko Mladjan (206-F-93), Jeremy Landenbergue and Bozovic followed them with 6 points apiece. Grosso delivered 10 in defeat and Cardoso scored 7.
FINAL Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tal... [read more]
Lithuania - Spain 55-68 Spain celebrated the title in Helsinki. They overcame Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Marc Garcia (199-SF-96) came up with 21 points to lead the champions. Spain broke away in the second frame. They established a 40:32 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic team pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. Spain however triggered a 16:9 rally in the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Ramon Vila tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Ignas Fiodorovas (196-SG-96) responded with 13 points for Lithuania. Kristupas Zemaitis (191-G-96) had 11 points in the defeat.
Turkey - Germany 76-61 Turkey outscored Germany to clinch the Bronze medals in Helsinki. Berk Ugurlu (191-PG-96) delivered 17 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds for the winning side. Germany eked out a 36:34 halftime lead. They arrived at the final intermission up by two points. But Turkey picked up the tempo in the fourth frame. They went on a 29:12 surge in the final quarter and sealed the victory. Mert Cevik (200-G/F-96) notched 16 points for the winners. Andreas Obst (192-SG-96, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points for Germany.
Italy - Latvia 86-79 Italy finished fifth in Helsinki. They wrapped up their campaign with a narrow win over Latvia. Diego Flaccadori (194-PG-96) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Azzurri. Italy eked out a 43:42 halftime lead. They went on a 29:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Leonardo Candi (190-PG-97) chipped in 11 points for the winners. Davis Gutmanis (195-F-97) responded with 17 points for Latvia.
Czech Republic - Ukraine 105-103 Czech Republic survived a determined comeback rally from Ukraine in the fourth quarter to secure a tough victory in their final game in Helsinki. Simon Pursl (200-F/G-97) delivered 29 points to lead the Czech team to the 7th position. Czech Republic drained 32 points in the second quarter to take an 8-point halftime lead. Czech Republic sank 29 points in the third term to secure an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Ukraine drilled 27 points in the fourth stanza but came up short of victory. Martin Roub (203-C-97) had 17 points for the winners. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (203-SG-97) answered with 21 points for Ukraine.
Slovenia - Sweden 82-77 Slovenia claimed the ninth position in Helsinki. Sandi Grubelic (190-PG-96, agency: XL Basketball Agency) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Slovenia accumulated a 38:33 halftime lead. Sweden pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Slovenia poured in 28 points in the fourth frame to celebrate the victory. Urban Durnik (201-PF-97) had 16 points for the winners. Anton Kobylak-Berglund (200-G-96) answered with 21 points for Sweden.
Serbia - Israel 88-60 Serbia finished their campaign in Helsinki on a high note. They cruised past Israel to earn the 11th position. Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97, agency: BeoBasket), Stefan Lazarevic (197-SG-96) and Stefan Simic (195-F/G-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points each for the winners. Serbia jumped to a 44:25 halftime lead. They kept Israel at bay throughout the second half and raced to the win. Orr Leumi responded with 20 points for Israel.
France - Belgium 79-70 France outgunned Belgium to avoid relegation. Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot (202-SF-96, agency: Comsport) posted 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead les Bleues. Belgium eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. France sank 22 points in the third term to spur ahead. They limited Belgium to just 11 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the win. Elie Okobo (188-SG-97) had 18 points for the winners. Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (184-PG-96) responded with 20 points for Belgium.
Finland - Hungary 91-70 Finland breezed past Hungary for the 15th position at the championship. Lauri Markkanen (213-PF-97) posted 26 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Finland jumped to a 50:32 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:19 run in the third term to clear off for good. Joonas Tahvanainen (198-F-96) had 23 points for the Finnish team. Geza Andrassy (197-F-96) responded with 11 points for Hungary.
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